Saudi Foreign Minister arrives in Pakistan on day long official visit

10:18 AM | 27 Jul, 2021
Saudi Foreign Minister arrives in Pakistan on day long official visit
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ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Farhan arrived in Islamabad on a day-long officials visit, local media reported Tuesday.

Prime Minister’s aide on Religious Harmony Allama Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi and Ministry for Foreign Affairs officials and Saudi ambassador in Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki received the Prince Faisal bin Farhan at Noor Khan Airbase.

The Saudi dignitary is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, President Arif Alvi, and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa during the brief visit, per report.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud is set to arrive on a second state visit to Pakistan.

Earlier, a tweet of a Foreign Office spokesman stated “On the invitation of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan will visit Pakistan on July 27.”

The two foreign ministers would exchange views on the entire gamut of bilateral relations and regional and international issues, adding the Saudi foreign minister would call on other dignitaries as well during the brief visit.

The visit holds special significance in the backdrop of the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Saudi Arabia in May 2021. Pakistan hopes that the visit will provide a timely opportunity for both countries to review the progress in bilateral cooperation.

FO further added that “Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have long-standing and historic fraternal relations, rooted deep in common faith, shared history and mutual support. The relationship is marked by close cooperation in all fields and mutual collaboration on regional and international issues.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan hopes that the visit of Saudi FM will reinforce the positive momentum in high-level exchanges and the deepening of bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.

PM’s aide Tahir Ashrafi said during the visit of the Saudi foreign minister, bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields would be reviewed. The crown prince was in Islamabad on a high-profile visit in February 2019, during which Saudi Arabia signed investment deals with Pakistan worth $20 billion.

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The progress on the agreements would be reviewed during Prince Faisal's upcoming visit, which would also focus on future cooperation between the two countries, he added.

Earlier in May, Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Riyadh, with an entourage of Pakistan's top officials to sign several agreements on political, economic, trade, and defense cooperation.